The Christmas markets are the most popular thing to do if your visiting in the holiday season and there are an abundance of them. Wooden stalls filled with hand made crafts, mulled wine, gingerbread and traditional foods. There is more than enough to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. A few of my favorites were:
Weihnachtsdorf at Schloss Belvedere – The view over the lake toward the market and Belvedere is beautiful. The market itself is relatively small but ties in well with visiting the palace.
Altwiener Christkindlmarkt on the Freyung – One of the oldest Christmas markets and conveniently placed near to some of the more exclusive shops.
Wiener Christkindlmarkt at the Rathaus – By far the most touristy market but also the most popular. The backdrop of the Rathaus lit up at night is stunning.
Christmas and New Year’s Market at Schloß Schönbrunn – My personal favorite, this market also has a beautiful backdrop. A little harder to get to as it’s outside of the city, but well worth the visit as this was where we found the best stalls for buying little gifts. Food wise there was an excellent selection and the only place we found yummy traditional dumplings, however, do not underestimate the orange punch!
Weihnachtsmarkt am Stephansplatz – Being one of the smallest markets we visited it’s perfect for while you are exploring the city centre and St Stephen’s.
Wiener Eistraum – Get your skates on and ice Skate in front of the Rathaus. This has to be the best and most complex ice rinks I have ever seen, with different trails and a few different rinks winding around the Rathaus. I have to admit I actually chickened out of skating during the evenings when the rink was at its best all lit up with twinkling lights as it was full of talented skaters. It was equally nice to be there in the morning when there weren’t so many people.